Fort Benning firing to cease for holidays - WRBL

Fort Benning firing to cease for holidays

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FORT BENNING, Ga. -

Fort Benning firing training will cease for the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays, an official with the post announced Thursday. The United States Armor School and 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team is currently conducting required M1A1 Abrams Tank training.

The current training, which began in the last few days, is scheduled to last through the end of the year. However, firing will cease between November 28 and December 1 and again between December 20 and 31.

"[This will] allow soldiers and their families a restful break from training and to avoid military sounds that can disrupt community holiday activities," spokesperson Sue Ulibarri says in a news release Thursday.

Fort Benning fires more ammunition than all other installations, according to Fort Benning. The Maneuver Center fires 42.2 million rounds each year, a sound that sometimes rings throughout the entire community.

"Our challenge is to balance our soldiers' training requirements with the needs of the community," Ulibarri says in that same released statement.

As a result of the live training, officials say there have been at least five wildfires.

"Fort Benning residents and the surrounding community may notice smoke throughout the day and possibly tomorrow [Friday] as the fire burns out," Ulibarri says.

The fires were caused by the training exercises and contained shortly thereafter.

Fort Benning maintains a Web page entitled "Smoke and Sound" that allow the community to monitor training exercises that may be heard or seen. It can be visited at https://www.benning.army.mil/garrison/smokeandsound.

James Brierton

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